It seems like the younger people entering the work force today haven’t been taught the old ways that our fathers pounded into our heads over and over again. If you have recently had to hire someone, you know what I am talking about.
Some of the younger workers today think they are doing you a favor by coming to work each day. They do the bare minimum or not even that much. They’re always looking for ways to get out of doing what has been asked of them and don’t seem to understand or care what it costs the company to employ them.
My father taught me if you start a job, no matter what job it might be, you do it better than anyone has done it before you. At the end of the day you go home and feel good about what you have accomplished.
The company that has hired you is investing their trust and money in you. They expect you to do what needs to be done. Now is when your father’s teaching comes into play.
- Do more than the company asks you to
- Do things that might not be in your job description
- Once you have completed your assigned tasks look around to see what needs to be done and do it. For instance, if you’re hired as an engineer and you see the trash is full, take it out. Don’t ask for someone to do what you are very capable of doing yourself. It isn’t that big of a deal and it will help make a good impression.
The company you are working for is now your company; you need to represent it and its best interest. It’s not just doing a fair days work for a fair days pay, it is one step on your way to developing your personal work ethics that will be with you for the rest of your life at work and home. If your company fails you fail.
When you have to go out and find another job it’s in your best interest to make your company succeed. If you do more than what is expected of you and do the best job you can do, always looking for ways to do it better and faster in most cases your boss will recognize it.